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UK £18.95
US $24.95
CAN $29.95
224 pages
180 illustrations, 150 in colour
22 x 18.2 cm (8.75 x 7.25 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4519-4

Edited by Marc Mayer

Essays by Fred Hoffman, Kellie Jones, Marc Mayer and Franklin Sirmans

Jean-Michel Basquiat was only twenty-seven when he died in 1988, his meteoric and often controversial career having lasted for just eight years. Despite his early death, Basquiat's powerful œuvre has ensured his continuing reputation as one of modern art's most distinctive voices. Borrowing from graffiti and street imagery, cartoons, mythology and religious symbolism, Basquiat's drawings and paintings explore issues of race and identity, providing social commentary that is shrewdly observed and biting. This bestselling book, now available in a compact edition, celebrates Basquiat's achievements in the contexts of the key influences on his art. It not only re-evaluates the artist's principal works and their meaning, but also explains what keeps his painting relevant today.


Unabridged compact edition of a critically acclaimed book, featuring spectacular reproductions of Basquiat's work

Examines many of Basquiat's individual works in detail, with particular reference to his working methods and techniques

Published in association with the Brooklyn Museum, New York

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Author Profiles

Fred Hoffman is Ahmanson Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Kellie Jones is Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York.

Marc Mayer is Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada.

Franklin Sirmans is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection, Houston.

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A stunningly designed publication


[Provides] critical insight for anyone who has an interest in Basquiat and the art world at the time he came to prominence in the 80s

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